Felix gets a bronze on her farewell at world championships
Allyson Felix won her 19th and final medal in the world championships Friday night — a bronze she took after running the second leg of America’s 4x400-meters in the mixed relay that’s been touted as the last major race of the 36-year-old’s career.
Allyson Felix gets mixed relay nod, heading to 10th worlds
Allyson Felix was named to her 10th world championship team, where she will have a chance to run in the mixed relay event and add to her record medal collection. Felix, whose 18 medals are the most in world-championship history, has announced that this will be her final season in track. The world championships run July 15-24 in Eugene, Oregon.news.yahoo.com
Allyson Felix is providing free childcare to parents working at track and field events
Felix said she came back for her final season so she "could provide childcare at these championships" and "to remind women that they don't have to walk in anyone else's footsteps that they can do it in their own shoes."cbsnews.com
Allyson Felix Says She Started ‘Breaking Down’ After Giving Birth Because She Barely Got to Hold Her Daughter and See Her Face
Lately, a lot of celebrity moms have been open about the struggles in their journey of expanding their families. Several have discussed their fertility issues, […]news.yahoo.com
Olympian Allyson Felix Receives NNPA National Leadership Award
By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior National Correspondent@StacyBrownMediaThere’s been little question about the dominance of Allyson Felix. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.), and Congresswoman Cori Bush (D-Missouri), also received National Leadership Awards from the NNPA, the trade association of more than 230 African American-owned newspapers and media companies. According to the CDC, Black women are three times more likely to die from these complications than White women. Through her involvement, Felix also seeks to raise awareness of the higher burden of poor pregnancy outcomes among Black women to generate change. “Allyson’s passion and dedication to improving maternal health, particularly among Black women, makes her a strong partner for this effort.”thewestsidegazette.com
2021 NNPA Leadership Awards Delights Viewers, Insiders
By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior National Correspondent @StacyBrownMediaIn perhaps the best produced National Leadership Awards – or any virtual conference – since the pandemic forced most to move away from in-person gatherings, the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) celebrated its annual soiree in style. “I’m humbled and honored to be honored by the National Newspaper Publishers Association. “I am humbled to be named among such a prestigious group of honorees who have impacted so many lives through their work,” Dr. Hildreth remarked. Produced by NNPA News Director Norman Rich, the program garnered praise from viewers and the NNPA’s executive board. “It was an awesome reception,” added NNPA National Secretary Jackie Hampton, publisher of the Mississippi Link.thewestsidegazette.com
Senator Cory Booker (D-NY), Environmental Justice Advocate, Proud to Receive NNPA Leadership Award
Sen. Booker, who served two terms as Newark mayor before his election to the Senate, will receive the 2021 National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) National Leadership Award for excellence and innovative leadership in Black America. James Hildreth and Ebony Hilton, Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.), Congresswoman Cori Bush (D-Missouri), and Olympic record-setter Allyson Felix also will receive National Leadership Awards from the NNPA, the trade association of more than 230 African American-owned newspapers and media companies. A roundtable discussion on federal policies to address issues affecting environmental justice communities followed the tour, which put, in a nutshell, the work Sen. Booker has accomplished during his stellar political career. “I’m humbled and honored to be honored by the National Newspaper Publishers Association,” Sen. Booker remarked. “The members of the NNPA provide an invaluable service to their communities, shining a light on issues that affect Black Americans and our families.thewestsidegazette.com
Again? Faulty exchange does in US in Olympic mixed relay
The U.S. men have a long history of faulty baton exchanges in the Olympic relays. The country’s difficult history in relay races reappeared in the Olympic debut of the 4x400-meter mixed relay Friday — a race practically invented to send a gold medal back to the United States. The Americans were disqualified after finishing first in the opening heat because of a bad exchange between Lynna Irby and Elija Godwin, a pair of 22-year-old runners who were placed on the U.S. team specifically to help get through the relay rounds.news.yahoo.com
Allyson Felix and Athleta to Provide Childcare Grants for Moms Competing in Tokyo Olympics
“As a mom and an athlete, I know firsthand the obstacles that women face,” said Felix. According to Glamour, Felix has teamed up with the apparel brand Athleta and the Women’s Sports Foundation to provide childcare grants for women who are competing at the Tokyo Olympics. The strides that Felix has made throughout her career have transcended beyond the track and into the realm of advocacy. Cognizant of expensive childcare costs, Felix was determined to alleviate financial burdens for women who are competing so they’d be able to focus on excelling in their respective sports. “It doesn’t matter whether you’re a team of 1 or 100,000; if you’re hiring, are you considering hiring moms?thewestsidegazette.com
Florida bill seeks to block trans athletes from girls teams
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Transgender women and girls couldn’t play on girls and women’s school sports teams under a bill passed by a Florida House committee on Wednesday. The bill, called the Fairness in Women's Sports Act, would require that anyone participating in girls and women's sports at the K-12 and college level be biologically eligible to do so. But Democrats slammed the proposal, calling it discriminatory against transgender girls and women. AdThe House Secondary Education & Career Development Subcommittee voted 13-4 to approve the bill, with all “no” votes cast by Democrats. The Florida bill has two more committee stops in the House.
Athlete power: Shut up and play' is tossed from the game
And to some, the odds seem greater, this time, that what the athletes are calling for might actually come to pass. We get paid to go out there and play and do our job. All this stands in stark contrast from the predominant attitude of athletes during Jordan's prime an attitude Jordan himself embodied. Among the more than four dozen Black athletes who are part of the cause are Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes and Olympic champion sprinter Allyson Felix. Black athletes and celebrities have not been fully welding their power.
Track group calls for change of Olympic protest rule
The IOC earlier this year reiterated its support of the rule that restricts protests inside the lines at the games. But in the aftermath of protests that stemmed from George Floyd's killing in May, the committee said it would consider measures that would allow athletes to make stronger protests. Among the board members signing off on the statement are Allyson Felix, Christian Taylor, Emma Coburn, Shaunae Miller-Uibo and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. Berry was an outspoken critic of the USOPC earlier this year when it made public shows of solidarity with Black athletes, suggesting the USOPC never reached out to her on the issue. The USOPC has formed an athletes' group to look into ways to combat racism, which could include calling for changes in the rule known as Rule 50.
Track and field adapts for storied meet held in 7 venues
(AP Photo/Matthias Schrader, File)GENEVA In a track and field season almost entirely wiped out by the coronavirus pandemic, athletes and organizers are setting new marks in creativity. On Thursday, the storied Weltklasse meet will broadcast near-live from Zurich in an ambitious mix of social distancing and technological innovation. If this is what the new normal is for this period then lets attack it full on, the reigning Olympic and world champion said. Simply running on an actual track surface Felix in California, Taylor in Florida will be different with training facilities closed during the pandemic. Four months in the planning, the most complete track meet of the outdoor season is not expected to be a template for the near future.